List of Common Phrases Starting With ‘L’

The meanings of common phrases and sayings starting with the letter L. Choose one below from the list for additional details.


L‘ – Phrases

Let Bygones Be Bygones
To forget about problems in the past and return to being on friendly terms with someone. Similar to other English phrases like “bury the hatchet.”


Let Her Rip
1. Permission to start something.  2. To make a vehicle go faster.


Let The Cat Out Of The Bag
To make secret information known. Similar to the common phrase “spill the beans.”


Lickety-Split
To go at a quick pace; no delay.


Lightning Never Strikes The Same Place Twice
An unusual event or situation that is unlikely to happen again to the same person.


Like Father, Like Son
Resembling one’s parents in terms of appearance or behavior.


Like Shooting Fish In a Barrel
Something that’s easy to do. In other words, it’s an action that is simple to accomplish.


Long In The Tooth
Someone or something that is old in age.


Love Birds
A pair of people who have a shared love for each other.


Note: More common “L” phrases are below. They do not have their own page, but you can still learn their meaning.

Last Straw
One final annoying thing that happens (after a series of several) that causes a person to lose their temper.


Laughing Stock
Something that is a “laughing stock” is laughed at, teased, or made fun of by people.


Learn The Ropes
Learning the basics of something, like a job, skill, or activity.


Leg Up
Providing help or assistance to someone.


Less Is More
A small amount of something can be better than too much.


Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
A problem that might be best left alone, as trying to deal with it might make things worse.


Let Your Hair Down
A common phrase that means to have a relaxing time; take it easy.


Level Playing Field
If someone “levels the playing field,” they make things more even or fair for both sides.


Like a Chicken With Its Head Cut Off
Doing something in an aimless or panicked way.


Like a Moth To a Flame
Easily lured into something.


Long Time No See
This common phrase means it has been a long time since last having contact with someone.


Low Hanging Fruit
An opportunity that is easy to capitalize on.


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